Councilors propose measure vs hazing

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


BACOLOD City councilors are proposing a resolution requesting the public and private secondary and tertiary schools in the city to implement measures to prevent hazing among fraternities and sororities.

The proposed measure, authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito, Em Ang, Roberto Rojas, and Carlos Jose Lopez, came after the death of Guillo Caesar Servando, a Bacolodnon student of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Manila.

Servando died last month in a condominium unit near his school in Manila due to injuries sustained from hazing conducted by the Tau Gamma fraternity.

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The councilors said the action requested by the resolution is in compliance with Republic Act No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law.

Section 2 of Republic Act No. 8049 states that, “No hazing or initiation rites in any form or manner by a fraternity, sorority or organization shall be allowed without prior written notice to the school authorities or head of organization seven days before the conduct of such initiation.

The written notice shall indicate the period of the initiation activities which shall not exceed three days, shall include the names of those to be subjected to such activities, and shall further contain an undertaking that no physical violence be employed by anybody during such initiation rites."

Section 3 of the said law provides that “the head of the school or organization or their representatives must assign at least two representatives of the school or organization, as the case may be, to be present during the initiation. It is the duty of such representative to see to it that no physical harm of any kind shall be inflicted upon a recruit, neophyte or applicant."

The incident that claimed the life of Servando, whose parents are from Bacolod, was condemned by many that the strict implementation or amending the provisions of the Anti-Hazing Law had been sought, the proponents of the resolution said.

The councilors added that school authorities as provided by the law have an important role in monitoring and preventing hazing in fraternities and sororities that are usually joined by students.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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